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 Zdravka Georgieva BA, MA

Postgraduate Research Student, Associate researcher at the Bulgarian Centre for Underwater Archaeology

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Postgraduate research student, Centre for Maritime Archaeology, The Expedition and Education Foundation, England (EEFE) – Hristina Angelova Scholarship.

…, the most visible parts of the recently discovered medieval shipwrecks in the Bulgarian Black Sea resemble elements from the superstructure, which gives us a stronger baseline for a comparative approach using ship graffiti as an auxiliary source to help with the reconstruction of unclear elements from a hull’s rigging system.

Zdravka Georgieva is postgraduate research student at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology with interests in the nautical archaeology, maritime life and ships’ iconography of the Black Sea region.

Zdravka Georgieva worked as a Maritime Archaeologist at the Bulgarian Centre for Underwater Archaeology between December 2015 and May 2019. Zdravka studied Archaeology at the New Bulgarian University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2008. In 2013 she completed her Master’s degree in Prehistory through the successful defending of her master dissertation “Pits from the eastern Upper Thracian Valley during the Early Iron Age” at the same University. In 2014 she completed a second master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton with the master dissertation “Logboats from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast”.

Meanwhile, Zdravka has obtained additional skills related to her career in Maritime Archaeology: an advanced scuba diver; a completion of a basic course in underwater archaeology based on the programme of the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar under the auspices of UNESCO; a completion of NAS Part I in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology to the Nautical Archaeology Society, United Kingdom.

Between 2009 and 2014 she took part as a field archaeologist in various archaeological excavations in Bulgaria and in the UK. Her thorough career in Maritime Archaeology started in 2015 with the excavation on a post-medieval ship wrecked in the bay of Chernomorets, a project organized by the Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Sozopol. Ever since, Zdravka has been a researcher to the Bulgarian Center for Underwater Archaeology and actively takes part in every project. She was a team member of the scientific team during the three seasons of the BSMAP fieldwork.

Research interests

Nautical archaeology, primitive watercraft, submerged settlements in the Black Sea basin, shipwrecks, logboats, maritime trade, RTI.

PhD supervisor

Prof. Jonathan Adams

PhD research

Seafaring on the Western Black Sea in the 17th-19th centuries evidenced by historical sources, ship graffiti from Bulgarian sanctuaries, and a group of shipwrecks dated to the 17th-19th centuries discovered during the BSMAP project.

Funded by The Expedition and Education Foundation, England (EEFE).

Research projects

Team member in the BSMAP.

I directed the project “Non-destructive recording of ship graffiti in Nessebar” for two seasons (2019, 2020). A collaborative project between the Bulgarian Centre for Underwater Archaeology and the Ancient Museum Nessebar funded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.


Research group

Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Affiliate research group

Maritime Archaeology

Instructor in RTI in summer fieldschool in Nessebar organized by the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF).

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Zdravka Georgieva
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

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